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Sadie Hawkins Knows How to Run

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Poet deVine
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0 posted 02-27-2000 04:57 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Poet deVine

In honor of Leap Year!!!

She was the apple of her daddy’s eye
Though none in town could see it
Her childhood spent in loneliness
Crushed by the shyest spirit

Teased by all her pretty friends
That she would never be a wife
Sadie decided that she would
Make jogging her whole life

She ran each day at dawn and dusk
Till she won every school prize
Still poor Sadie was so plain
Almost ugly in everyone’s eyes

Older now, she continued to run
Becoming the butt of many town jokes
Though twice a day Sadie whizzed by
Spurred by laughter from town folks

The years passed and Sadie grew older
And sadly so did her poor dad
He worried the family business
Would be the only family she had

He asked a few fellows in town
If they would offer Sadie a date
But when he saw the fear in their eyes
He knew he’d never find her a mate

Unbeknownst to her dad
Sadie had an ugly streak
Demanding and mean to everyone
She’d make the strongest feel weak

Some may say it was her way
To compensate for her life
Some would say it was the lack
Of a man who’d make her is wife

Poor Mr. Hawkins devised a plan
To offer his whole fortune of gold
To any man that Sadie caught
That she could have and hold

He advertised a foot race
In every village and town
The only rule he wanted was
That Sadie had run her man down

Times were tough for all you see
So the money was quite a draw
About a hundred men showed up
To claim a woman they never saw

Upon the podium that day
Stood Sadie and her dad
And when the contestants viewed her
Each one felt he’d gone mad

Her hawkish eyes were deep set
In a hatchet face, pasty white
The men were now afraid
This wasn’t a run but a flight!

They glanced at each other
As the gun signaled them to go
And each one took off like a shot
Hoping he’d not be too slow.

They scattered to the hills
Listening for the starter’s gun
That signaled Sadie to begin
Her final spinster’s run

Sadie took off at a leisurely pace
There were only a few she spied
A few likely grooms that she wanted
To stand always by her side

One young man took off like a rabbit
Flinging himself down a hill
Sadie jogged quickly after him
Using all her running skill

Others seeing she’d sighted him
Jumped behind bushes and rocks
One ran so fast, he lost his shoes
And then he lost his socks.

Through the forest they all ran
As Sadie drew near to her prey
And then her victim tripped a guy
And quickly slipped away

Not deterred by that cheater
Sadie turned and sought second best
She tracked him down as he was
Running backward heading west

The look in his eyes was vivid
Like the eye of a fox in a snare
And as Sadie reached her groom
All he could do was swear.

The wedding was well attended
Drinks flowed freely for all
As townsfolk toasted the couple
The groom started to bawl.

His sobbing could be heard
Well into the morning hour
But suddenly there was a hush
In the honeymoon bower

Days past and no one saw
The couple out and about
They scratched their heads and wondered
If he’d died without a shout

After a week they couple emerged
Smiling as love birds do
And all the single women in town
Stared to see what love could do

For there was Sadie Hawkins
Docile as any spring deer
Her man stood tall and proud
His eyes free from fear.

The years passed as they often do
Sadie now was the mother of ten
And each year on her anniversary
Maidens now all chase down the men

Sadie Hawkins has become a legend
To spinster women far and wide
They travel here to her hometown
Running to become a bride.

© Copyright 2000 Poet deVine - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 02-27-2000 05:04 PM       View Profile for Mistikman   Email Mistikman   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mistikman

BRAVO!!! excellent work Ms. deVine   I truly enjoyed reading this  
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2 posted 02-27-2000 05:09 PM       View Profile for RufffRyder   Email RufffRyder   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RufffRyder's Home Page   View IP for RufffRyder

I have a question.
Who is Sadie Hawkins?
Is she a real person or fiction?
No matter who she is you`ve done a nice job writing abour her.
Thank you for the read
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3 posted 02-27-2000 05:24 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Devine this spell binding! Excellent work!!!!

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4 posted 02-27-2000 07:49 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

This is wonderful, DeVine one!!! That Sadie was no lady! No wonder her men always felt so run down. That was how she got them! I loved it every year when Sadie appeared in Dogpatch. Thanks for bringing back fond memories  
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5 posted 02-27-2000 09:45 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

This is delightful, Sharon!!  

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6 posted 02-28-2000 09:04 AM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

Wonderful tale PDV  
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7 posted 02-28-2000 10:24 AM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

You tell a marvelous story, DeVine One.  A wonderful tribute this is.

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8 posted 02-29-2000 05:49 PM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Sharon: Excellent...I love your stories..


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... the old black rum

9 posted 02-29-2000 10:44 PM       View Profile for Parker   Email Parker   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Parker's Home Page   View IP for Parker

Poet deVine, great story, don't know how true, but it sure sounded good.

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